Back in 2007, the Discovery Health Channel premiered Jon & Kate Plus 8, a series following the daily lives of a couple with one set of twins and one set of sextuplets. At the start of its third season, the show was moved to TLC and by the fifth season, the series became one of the network’s highest-rated programs, with a record 9.8 million viewers tuning in for the season’s premiere.
Then, in 2009, the show threw in its biggest plot twist yet: divorce.
The sixth season aired under the new name, Kate Plus 8, featuring Kate Gosselin as a single mother raising eight children with occasional appearances by Jon. In 2011, the show announced its final season, after receiving numerous letters from Jon’s attorneys demanding immediate cease of production and evacuation from his property, which was owned by both Jon and Kate at the time.
But the show’s finale did not put an end to Kate’s quest for stardom.
In addition to continuing the show for two more seasons after the divorce, Kate attempted to launch a talk show with Paula Deen and a new TLC show called Twist of Kate. She has co-hosted the View at least three times and appeared on Dancing With The Stars, Say Yes to the Dress, and Celebrity Wife Swap with Kendra Wilkinson.
Not to mention her many appearances on the cover of People Magazine.
Most recently, she released her fourth book and first cook book, Kate Gosselin’s Love Is In The Mix.
“I wish her the best in all that she does,” Jon stated on the OWN show, “but [we’re] just moving in totally two different directions, just totally not on the same page at all about anything.”
Jon also told OWN that he fears his kids have development issues with their peers and “wants and needs, and manners and morals and what’s right and what’s wrong,” due to growing up on television.
Jon statements led Kate to respond on her blog by writing, “I find it very heartbreaking that my children’s father chooses a public forum to discuss his current opinions of the ‘development’ of our children.”
However, Kate admitted to TODAY that two of her children have anger issues, but are not related to their on screen appearances. In fact, she persisted that it would be “in their best interest to remain reality TV regulars.”
In August, Kate filed a lawsuit against Jon “accusing her ex-husband of stealing a hard drive from her house and using the information contained therein to hack into her personal computer and cell phone”. Kate accused Jon of leaking the information to tabloid reporter, Robert Hoffman, who wrote “Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled the World.”
Five days ago, Kate dropped the lawsuit against Jon, but continues to press charges against Hoffman.
It’s been more than four years since the Gosselin’s divorce, however the couple’s troubles seem anything but over. As the most recent lawsuit between the two comes to a close, we can’t help but wonder when the next one will open up.
What do you think? Will the couple ever be able to settle their differences? Did reality television create development issues for their children? Will Kate ever stop chasing her desire for fame?